Below, please find a sample of some of the projects, lessons, and extracurricular activities I have worked on in my time as a librarian.
Each year in March, Dr. Seuss’ birthday is celebrated with Read Across America Week. This year, the celebration was expanded to be more inclusive of all reading, rather than just Dr. Seuss. Lower School students read a variety of inclusive books and celebrated their love of reading by participating in these themed activities.
Each year during the month of April, we celebrate National Poetry Month by reading and writing a variety of different types of poetry. Students in grade 4 used the tool Buncee to share the haiku poems they created.
Inspired by the 30 second book talk competition run each year by Jennifer LaGarde, students in Middle School were challenged to create a 30 second book talk on any book they loved using a variety of tools (Animoto, Voki, iMovie, etc.). Students then watched and voted on the best book talk in a March Madness-style competition.
Each year during the months of January-March, Middle School students can participate in the Winter Reading Challenge. This is an opportunity for them to choose to read books in a variety of categories and to challenge themselves to read more widely. The format of the challenge, as well as the categories, are different each year. Students can earn small rewards for completing the challenge.
Before the Scholastic Book Fair each year, in order to promote a love of reading and generate awareness for the variety of books available, this promotional activity, in which 15 short booktalks are shared in 15 minutes, is done with all Middle School classes.
In the grade 10 public speaking class, students were given the opportunity to create their informational speech in the form of a podcast. This collaboration between the English teacher and librarian reviewed how to find and utilize credible sources for research as well as how to use Spreaker to create a podcast.
In another activity for National Poetry Month, students were given the opportunity to share poetry, whether written themselves or a favorite by another poet, using a variety of digital presentation tools.